About Us

“Working with rural communities to improve the quality of life for all”

new NACRE logo 2Welcome to Northamptonshire ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England). We are a countywide, independent charitable organisation working with rural communities in Northamptonshire to improve their quality of life, especially the disadvantaged.

We’re one of 38 Rural Community Councils working across England, which make up the ACRE network.  Our national body, ACRE works to make sure that government bodies listen to the needs and voices of rural communities.

We operate out of the Hunsbury Hill Centre on the western outskirts of Northampton, very near to junction 15A of IMG_9489the M1.  This freehold premise, Grade II listed, is a group of late 18th century model farm buildings owned by the charity, sitting in 13 acres of woodland, gardens and grounds.

Our funding comes from membership fees, consultancy fees, an annual grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and valuable income generated from a wedding and conference event business we run at the Centre through a wholly owned subsidiary trading company, The Barns at Hunsbury Hill.

Our Mission Statement and Strategic Aims can be downloaded here.